With the hard-court season underway it seems like a good idea to take an ante-post look at the US Open which takes place between Aug 31st – September 13th.
Here’s our analysis and tennis betting predictions of the top-10 players in the world and our ante-post advice.
Novak Djokovic 5/4
Reached 5 finals and a further 3 semi-finals in the last 8 years, though has only lifted the title once. However, the year he won it followed victories in the Australian Open and Wimbledon – and this is the only other season in which he’s completed that grand slam double. Unarguably the best player in the world, but do you want to back him with his US Open record?
Roger Federer 7/1
Dominated this event from 2004 to 2008 but hasn’t reached a final since 2009. In great form at Wimbledon, but it’s a big if as to whether he can raise his game to that standard here.
Andy Murray 9/2
Reached 2 finals, one of which resulted in victory over Djokovic. He seems back to his best this year, but both Federer and Djokovic have had his measure recently.
Stan Wawrinka 14/1
This year’s French Open winner is improving all the time, and even his Wimbledon performance was an improvement on most of his grass-court form. However, he’s already shown better form here than at Wimbledon and could easily improve on his best performance here which is reaching the semi-finals. He beat Murray in the quarter-final that year before taking Djokovic to 5-sets in the semis, and he now feels like he belongs in the highest echelon after claiming a second grand slam.
Kei Nishikori 16/1
Beat Wawrinka and Djokovic on his way to last year’s final where he was beaten by an inspired Cilic. Not stepped-up this year as expected, possibly due to injury, and it will be interesting to monitor his form in the next few weeks.
Tomas Berdych 40/1
Beat Federer on his way to the semi-finals in 2012, but couldn’t cope with eventual champion Andy Murray. Continues to struggle against the best of his generation.
David Ferrer 140/1
Twice a US Open semi-finalist but he’s never looked like winning the title, or any other grand slam.
Milos Raonic 50/1
Progressed no further than the fourth round in his relatively short career, and continues to look a little robotic and tactically unaware against the best players.
Marin Cilic 16/1
Last year’s champion played some inspired tennis last year, not dropping a set in either the quarters, semis or the final. Struggled this year with injury, but interesting that he again made it to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, as he did last year.
Probably been the disappointment of the tennis season so far and, though the heart still looks big, the body looks to be struggling to keep up the fight against fitter rivals.
Your Tennis Betting Tips
Djokovic may well prove his class but, with only 1 victory in 5 final appearances here, he doesn’t look a value bet at 5/4. I’d much rather play the improving Wawrinka at 14/1, and Cilic at 16/1, who could yet raise his game in defense of his title.